The Gospel for Children

Q. I have attended Mass at a church where before the Gospel the celebrant invites the children to follow a religious education teacher to an adjoining room. There she presumably reads them a children’s version of the Gospel. At what age are children required to be in church for the Gospel reading on Sunday like adults?

A. Y, via email 

A. Here’s a reply from TCA columnist Father Ray Ryland, Ph.D., J.D:

In times past I assisted at a parish which followed this practice. The children stayed with the religious education person while the Gospel was proclaimed and the homily given in the church. During the children’s time away from the celebration, they received instruction concerning the Gospel of the day. So far as I know, this practice is not widespread. The Church has no rule regarding the age at which children are required to be present when the Gospel is proclaimed.